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bain, bh ain, go away, come again some other day. let's play "hardball." . good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off, tonight's forecost, heavy bain. newt says he won't stop. he's going after wrom ne for his work at bain capital. a lot of conservatives have decided to desist and assist. but he's decided this is what he can do to mitt. it's now or never for
evangelicals for anyone to stop mitt romney but who? we may find out this weekend. pacman. stephen colbert says he may run for president, handing his superpac to john stewart, of course. he's making a bigger statement here, superpacs like the ones mitt romney is making are not independent. oops, he did it again. once again, rick perry can't remember the three government departments he wants to eliminate. funny. most people can think of at least one kand dags city they'd tliek to eliminate. and let me finish with my ten-week tour of america. we begin with romney's time at bain capital. former gingrich's spokesman now with the super pac, winning the furtd, the ads against romney. great to have you on. how do you get a job running a super pac? i know i'm going for information here and actual news, but how do you -- did newt call you up,
someone who knows newt who knows the guy who knows newt, how does it happen that you become a packman? >> well, i was interested in helping newt. when i decided to help newt abdomen i new there was a pac formed to help newt and i knew who was dmoog, i made a phone call to see if i could help. that's how it happened. these pacs are an boabomination. we should go back to the old way and dwik this shell game. that would make these pacs on absolute. >> does your pac intend to help gingrich beat romney in south carolina. is that the goal of your pac? >> yes, it is. afairnlt's having some affect. three polls have newt, two of which within the margin of error. he's in second place now in south carolina and so we have a straight-up race between a southern georgia conservative and a massachusetts moderate. >> should be interesting.
campaigning today in miami, newt gingrich, continuing his attacks on romney. let's watch. >> the only place he worked was bain. he claims he created 100,000 jobs. "the washington post" two days ago reported in their fact check column that he gets three pi noek yoes. now, a pa noek yoe is what you get from the post about not at the teling the truth. three would be a long nose but we won't do that. but i just challenge governor romney. release the records. show us the facts. you can't hide -- you can't run for president, have half your campaign be about your great achievements, and then hide them. >> here's your south carolina ad running -- now that's attacking romney's career at bain taken from a full-length movie that gingrich called it in for its
inaccuracies. >> a group of corporate raiders let by mitt romney, the company was bain cap tat tal, more ruthless than wall street. >> pulled the rug out from our plant. >> everybody was fired. >> they fired people, cut benefits, sell assets. >> mitt romney, them guys, they don't care who i am. >> i feel that is a man that destroyed us. >> winning our future is it responsible for the content of this message. >> well, your response for the content, are you happy with its accuracy, rick, because there are reports there are actually people who have been quoted actually shown on camera in that documentary who have later said, recently said, they were taken out of context and they don't like the way it's being shown. >> well, we're checking into that because we want to get it right and we've checked and double-checked and we'll have a response and we want to honor newt gingrich's call that if it's inaccurate we'll make the adjustments.
right now wire standing by the film. >> let me ask you about gingrich as a person. i got to interview him last week. i find him impossible to figure out. he will say the most terrible things, especially about anybody who gets in his way, krisz dodd ought to be in prison, barney frank ought to be in prison. he says this horrible stuff. then when you sit down with him, he's got a very smart brain, a great sense of history. how do you put together, i'll say it, the good, bad and ugly of nutd gingrich. >> chris, i think you once called him the devil inkarnate. >> i called it. it didn't seem to bother him. >> i've never met anyone like goout newt gingrich. he doesn't hold grudges. it can be very confrontational when he needs to be, but basically i've found him to be a very caring individual. i think of he and callista and their family like my family. they never sort of separated me
aside and said you're staff, i attended their wedding. i've gone to their grandchildren's birthday pa parties. i just love and nier the gingrichs. i feel isolated because i'm in this pac and shouldn't communicate with. >> this is romney's super pac. take a look at this one. this is the ad going after your guy gingrich. >> newt gingrich's attacks are called foolish, out of bounds and disgusting. newt attacks because he has more baggage than the airlines. newt was fined $300,000 for ethics violations, took $1.6 million from freddie mac and co-sponsored a bill with nancy pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a u.n. program supporting china's brutal one-child policy. don't be food by newt's desperate attacks. restore our future is responsible for the content of this message. >> so, rick, newt gingrich, your
candidate, has given money to help the chinese limit their families to one child. you know, that's pretty -- is that true or not? it doesn't sound true. >> not to my knowledge. doesn't sound like newt beginning rix to me. people in south carolina know newt gingrich. it shouldn't be surprising. mitt romney's campaign is based on misleading utterances at odds with his record. yesterday i read in the huffington post that the net net number of 100,000 jobs only included the positive jobs and not the negative jobs. while he's got staples and sports authority that sell imported products from mostly china, manufactured overseas, he doesn't count the jobs where he took apart the companies and sent their jobs overseas. soy suppose that's fitting. >> you got your shot in there. we'll see. most of that ad we saw against it was accurate except for the chinese part, right? >> i don't think anything was accurate. >> you didn't mention anything. he was fined. he was reprimanded. >> no, no, no, no.
chris he was reprimanded. i'll tell you why. because he put his name to a legal document prepared by counsel that describe a political action committee as a foundation. now, in most of the rest of the company that would require a phone call to say isn't go-pac a mritd cal action committee. instead, in washington it's a $300,000 investigation. to put it behind him, he paid for the investigation and out of his own pocket. i'd call that a new standard of ethics, not a low in ethics. >> you're a good defender. >> thank you. >> even though you don't coordinate with newt gingrich, it's nice of you endorsing him. susan page is washington bureau chief for "usa today" who has no candidate in this race and never has that i know of. this thing is, he wlafs about it, it's almost like stephen colbert making a joke. this adds to the citizens -- people who watch this program know what's going on. they see the ads, they're
slamming the other guy, trashing it. and they don't say at the end, i'm newt gingrich and paid for this ad, or mitt romney. there's no honesty here. >> no transparency. there's so many of these ads, $3.4 million in south carolina from the gingrich pac and more from that from restore our future. >> 2.2 for the pro-romney, 1.9 for pro-perry, 750,000 for the santor santorum, 750,000 for paul. >> it's not that big of a state. you turn on the tv you'll just got a barrage of ads telling you what's wrong with the candidates. .com up, it's now or never for eadvantage kell cals but they want to stop mitt romney. they don't agree on which of the guys they should go against him. in fact, that also includes ron paul who is very pro-life. they don't know where to go. they may divide up and let mitt
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>> ff. >> back to "hardball," this weekend in a private ranch outside houston the eadvantage kell cal community will meet to beat romney. richard land is president of the ethics and religious liberty commission of the southern baptist convention. he used a dating analogy to describe the problem. >> before we marry the guy next door, don't you think we ought to have a fling with a tall, dark stranger and see if he can support us in the manner to which we'd like to be accustomed. and if he can't? we can always marry the steady beau who lives next door.
>> executive producer john reese had to explain this to me. the steady beau next door in this parable is mitt romney. well, can the group of evangelicals really affect the gop race? dr. robtd jones heads the nonpartisan public institute and melinda is a mrit cat reporter for "the washington post." well, here we go. what's going to happen? i like this new term, mitt romney calls it a quiet room somewhere to do tax policy. now we'll have a quiet ranch where you do religion policy. >> i think this shows the decline of an older model of elite power brokering that has seen its hay day. gone are the days that a group of men are going to sit in a room and decide who the candidate is going to be. let's look where this is happening, right before south carolina. this the last stand, it really is a triage kind of emergency meeting. >> does this bother -- they're all protestants i believe, they have about two catholics to
choose from, the convert, just to be funny, newt gingrich or the longtime, life-long catholic rick santorum. it's not the ideal circumstances. >> the evangelical turned catholic or catholic turned eadvantage kell cal. >> you are a pro. is that going to be the conundrum so they don't want to pick the mormon? how much of it is mormon? >> that's a very good question. mitt lom ne has failed to sew it up time and time again. we've seen candidates come up and down. it really is certainly on the issues. >> when has he come down? when has he come down? >> romney's been pretty steady, but he hasn't been -- what i'm saying is he hasn't been able to locked down with the candidates surging to the top. one reason is he has issues with evangelic evangelicals. half of them say they'd be at least somewhat uncomfortable with a mormon president. and they don't think they're
christians. >> but two thirds of protestants and catholics believe the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints is christian. in the evangelicals in their own world single out the lds church, mormon church as not being part of the christian faith. >> but if you look at how they say they'll vote, they say they'll vote in equal numbers with other republicans. >> you mean when it comes to a choice between obama and -- >> yes. in the general, their turnout rights will be the same from what i see. i think they want to be taken seriously, they want to seem like they're still players. they're really not. >> i hate to be blunt and gross. but if they don't have money to put ads on the tv in this world, dhoent count. >> certainly compared to the super pacs. >> they're not going to drop a couple million bucks in florida. let's take a look, family research council is organizing that texas meeting says, quote, some have portrayed this as an anti-romney rally, a bash mitt weekend. it is not. what's driving it is discomfort with mitt romney among
evangelicals and the search for another candidate. that's an easy way to stay, i don't like the guy, but it sounds better. >> right. >> is it religion or is it philosophy? >> i think for evangelicals. you're right to sping elle them out. for white, evangelicals in the stounl, it is the discomfort on -- some of it is certainly issues, issues where they perceive a flip-flop, it really does come down with a serious issue with theology. >> but he's doing better with the evangelicals. >> he leads with a likely republican voters in south carolina who identify themselves as born-again christians. here's the breakdowns among eadvantage kells, the born again people, fundamentalist faiths, roth ne 35%, santorum at 22, gingrich at 20, paul at 15, perry at 3! the guy is making the biggest deal with his religion. the new hampshire exit polls show among evangelicals there, romney got 31, far ahead of santorum, paul and gingrich.
iowa evangelicals went for santorum, paul got 18, gingrich, perry and romney were tied at fraenl, bachmann got 6. here's a wild idea, though people have religious faith, they render to caesar the therngs to sizer and god to god. there is no way to predict someone's vote by religion. i say romney is doing better among evangelicals than anybody else. >> they want to win. they want to win. i've heard from voters over and over again, yeah, he wouldn't -- would he be my first choice? no. but my first choice is somebody who can beat obama. >> they don't have a first choice. >> that's right. it's too for them to come up with a first choice. >> dhoent have a candidate. >> even if they did, they really want to win in the fall, and i've heard people say, look, i realize i don't have the luxury anymore of being a single issue voter on abortion. this here, i'm a republican who wants my candidate. >> and if rick perry wasn't just
a balloon, if they had blown him up to the size -- he looked great. rick perry is a governor, he looks great, like a texan, great hair, all you need in politics. he had a record of unemployment going down in texas, create being jobs. he talked right. the minute he got on stage he stumbled. and he's protestant i should say. >> it's more complex than that. we had mike huckabee. if there ever were a ready-made evangelical candidate -- >> but he had no money. >> right. he had an electability problem. >> and he did an awesome job with the two cents he had. >> can ask you a really good question? i'm very much for religious tolerance and i don't like this conversation. i had to do it. did jack ken by being catholic have anything to do with he did? did richard nixon being a quaker had anything to do being president? does religion guide your particular affiliation guide you really to your policies? >> yeah. >> you say yeah.
yes or no? >> when we do the research, partisanship after 1972 and into reagan years partisanship matters more than religious affiliation. >> thank you, dr. jones. i remember that name from indiana jones. and melinda, thank you. up next, oops. rick perry has done it again. this is really unbelievable. it's only three. it's only three, and he can't get it straight. wait until you catch him doing it again. this is unbelievable. you're watching "hardball" friday night on msnbc.
season mccain encouraged former tennessee governor fred thompson to say in the race and thereby split the social conservative vote in south carolina and give mccain the upper hand. here's huckabee leveling the charge yesterday morning. >> here's what happened. i mean, john certainly encouraged fred to stay in. i think everyone understood fred knew that he was not going goat the nomination. fred thompson's vote totals in the upstate really took into ours and john won handily in the south part around charleston. that's ultimately what did it. >> okay. >> but that's politics. >> you think john mccain, knowing him, let that one go? far from it. here he is hitting back just a few hours later. >> it's totally patently false and for him to say something like that, maybe it makes him feel better but it's not the truth. the fact is that fred thompson was viewed as a viable candidate. it is not necessarily so that he took all of huckabee's votes. i had a lot of votes there. all i can see to governor
huckabee, good luck in your programming on fox, but you're not telling the truth. >> anyway, this morning fred thompson denied making any arrangement with john mccain. this time around it's mitt who could sneak away with a win if conservatives don't pick one and just one of their own. instead dividing the vote. mccain took a break from sparring with huckabee to sit down with david letterman discussing among other things how his party is faring in the leadup to this 2012 election. let's watch. >> howe do u think things are going for your grand old party? how's it going, senator? >> well, we've had better days. >> it seems now like everybody has gone hwacky in the republicn party. i just wondered, was it the influence ever the tea party, or am i overexamining this. >> you're overscam frning it as usual. how many people have watched one of these debates? i bet you everybody in this -- it's good for the process. it's go see whether somebody is a wacko or whether they're not a
wacko. >> no shortage there. >> in fairness, we are down a few cast members in the republican clown show since it got under way. but speaking of that, oops! he did it again. it will be a long time before any of us forget this tragic moment for rick perry. >> the third agency of government i would do away with, education, the commerce and let's see -- i can't. the third one i can't. sorry. oops. >> oops. and, as we all know now, the missing link was the department of energy. old story, right? well, during a radio appearance in south carolina today, today, early today, perry took another shot at it and missed. let's listen. >> three right off the bat, commerce, interior and energy are three that you think of right off the bat. >> interior?
well, that's the first time interior has made that kill list. and what happened to education? that's what makes me think he's not even giving this thing much thought at all. perry, you keep oopsing again. that's veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. rambe rg. 3 [ female announcer ] eyes feeling overworked?